Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...
July 20, 2009
On a Quest. May Give Tattoo Party a Shot. Explain Later.
This weekend Paul went to a flea market, and he came home with this basket (hello, '80s Dusty Rose!) of postcards for me, for my own collection and to fuel my Postcrossing hobby. I've been looking through them, and I have NEVER SEEN so many vintage Holiday Inn postcards in my LIFE.
I think Lounge-Chair Girlie is going steady with Standing Guy and wondering why he is talking to Leg-Flirting Girlie. That's a pretty dramatic side-part you've got going on there, Standing Guy.
Look, the Holiday Inn is fun for THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Many of the postcards are NON-motel-based, and so far the earliest one is postmarked 1903. NINETEEN OH THREE! It traveled through the postal systemfor 1 cent, and now here I am holding it 106 years later, while the original sender and recipient are probably---well, "no longer collecting postcards," how's that for tactful?
I've been poring over all the written-on ones, which so far include the early 1900s and also the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s (perhaps it would have been easier to say what I HAVEN'T found yet, which is 1920s and 1930s), and I have learned something important about human beings through the ages: we wrote JUST as boring postcards back then as we do now.
In 1913, Pinky wrote to Margaret on a postcard of a hospital: "Not quite like Burbank -- but then you can never tell from the outside."
In 1948, Sis wrote to Sis on a postcard from Hawaii: "Such a beautiful island wish I might stop over longer. Met Grady's brother wife and baby who live here. Had a nice visit etc with them. Will write later. Was about all in by the time we landed here last night."
In 1954, Louise writes to Angie on a postcard from California: "We are having a swell time. This is where we go swimming. The weather has been swell so far."
In 1966, Elsie wrote to Frank on a postcard from Florida: "We are just beginning to get some good weather, now it is time to go home. But have had a nice time & found plenty to do."
In 1967, Clara wrote to Mrs. Bruce on a postcard of The Golden Gate Hotel: "Arrived here March 3rd in same building as previous years. Weather is just perfect here. 400 apts in this motel, picture is of the hotel on east side."
In 1976, Helen and Sam wrote to Nellie on a postcard from El Paso, Texas: "Have had a good trip & nice visits all the way since we left on the 12th. We'll be leaving here for Phoenix tomorrow and will keep in touch."
Not exactly the peek into the past I was hoping for.
They're not entirely without interest. For example, isn't it weird thinking about Grady's brother's child, who was a baby in 1948 when that postcard was written, and is now at least 60 years old? Freaky. And I do wonder how a "visit etc" differs from a regular visit. But in general the postcards might as well say "I need to fill up this little square so I can send this."
Okay, this one is pretty good. In 1990, Linda & Matt wrote to Mom & Dad on a postcard from Aruba: "Hello. Having a wonderful time. We're going on a quest. Snorkeling. Cave hunting. Shell hunting. May give the Tattoo Party a shot. Explain later."